OK. I admit. I have a strange sense of humor. I had to put a cupcake under the tire of this sweet food truck. Food trucks are very popular around here. Is that true everywhere? Your truck can sell tacos, hot dogs ice cream, or pancakes as well as cupcakes. There are all kinds of greetings included. And you can even stamp without the window and turn this truck into a UPS, FedEx, or Postal Service truck… or even an ambulance!

The best thing about this stamp set is that you can get it free with a qualifying order. In the U.S. if you order $50 of product (before shipping and tax) you can select this or any one of the 15 (14) Sale-a-Bration products at no charge. But you better hurry! Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st and the products are while supplies last. The tin is already sold out.

Here are the full directions for the Cupcake Truck.

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I thought Special Reason was just another stamp set with flowers until I saw what it can do, especially when combined with the coordinating Stylish Stems Framelits. Wowser! You really just have to watch the video. You will want these products as much as I did!

Free detailed directions

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I absolutely love this stamp set! You can’t buy it, but you can get it free with a $50 order between now and March 31, 2017. It’s Sale-a-Bration! Whoo-hoo!

I was going to make this card with my monthly group, but decided against it. We need to do a project for Valentine’s Day instead.

I think this card would be great to invite a friend over, to cheer someone up, wish them happy birthday, or to say Congratulations. I’m not sure I love the colors in this card, but I do love the chick dancing behind the chicken wire! I had seen the chicken wire on Pinterest, and after unsuccessful searches, I finally realized how it was done. It’s the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder! I used it “off label” with Stazon ink on Window Sheet so my chick would stay behind the wire. I also wanted my chick to stay upright in this shaker card. I think you’ll have to watch the video to see how that’s done. 🙂

Then I want you to send me pictures of your chicken dance card.

Here are the detailed directions

And here are the product links.

I mentioned in the video a clever hint to tie a ribbon around the roll of Glue Dots. I couldn’t remember who shared that tip. Karen and Judy both reminded me it was Connie Stewart. I love Connie’s videos and tips. I’m so glad to be able to give her credit.

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This box is so very beautiful! The Cable Knit folder gives such an impressive texture. Of course, you could expand the gift card to be a full greeting card and putting the embellishment from the box onto the card.

The directions and video show how to make envelopes large enough for the 2 3/4″ cards and small enough for the 3″ box.

Directions for the Gift Box and tags

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Stampin’ Up! carries everything from excellent snips, punches, the Big Shot die cutting machine, to punch boards that cut and score envelopes, boxes, and bags.

Paper Snips

I know you probably have scissors. I thought one pair of scissors is just like another until I tried these. I can cut detailed images much easier with these sharp, pointed snips. Definitely worth the price! Now I have these snips in my Basic Tool Box that I take to craft away from home so I don’t have to settle for cutting with other scissors.

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Stampin’ Trimmer

The Stampin’ Trimmer is one of those essential tools that I think you will want. There are other trimmers on the market. I love that the one from Stampin’ Up! can cut and/or score a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper or card stock and yet is small enough to tuck away. The numbers on the trimmer itself are very easy to see and do not wear off like some other brands (and frankly the older Stampin’ Up! trimmer.)

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Cutting and Scoring Card Bases and Layers


Basic Card Bases and layers chart

Simply Scored

I didn’t spot a video just about the Simply Scored tool, but here is one showing a project that can be made with it. And you’ll find lots of projects that I’ve posted that I’ve relied on the Simply Scored tool.

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Punches

This video was published in 2010 when the “new style” punches first came out. Many of the punches shown have been retired, but it shows basic information about how to use this style of punch. There are more current videos about specific punches. Here are links to videos about the Festive Flower punch, the Fox Builder punch, the Bow Builder punch, the Blossom Builder punch, and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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Big Shot

It took me quite a while to decide to invest in this costly product. Stampin’ Up! is making more and more Framelits and Thinlits that coordinate with stamps. Now I have to work at designing projects without it for new customers. I think you are going to want a Big Shot!

Big Shot – The Basics

Framelits can be tricky to match with some stamped images. If you are using a nearly symmetrical image, mark your stamp and the matching position on the Framelit. The Wondrous Wreath stamp and Wonderful Wreath Framelits in the Holiday 2104 catalog come with tabs to help you.

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

The Secret Garden set shown in the video has retired, but check out Flower Patch and the Flower Fair Framelits. There are many coordinating stamps and Framelits now.

Getting More Life from Cutting Plates

Embossing Folders

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Envelope Punch Board

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

All these boxes were based on the smallest envelope listed on the chart on the Envelope Punch Board. I just added 1/4″ up to 7″ for the height of the box. I was experimenting to see how much I would need to add to get the thickness (or height) I wanted. Envelope Punch Board Box Height Chart The ones made with Melon Mambo can be made with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock. For the Basic Gray ones, you’ll need to use 12″ x 12″ card stock.


 

Gift Box Punch Board

Gift Box Punch Board

The Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes with square bottoms. If you start at the S line your box will have a 1 3/4″ square bottom, M will be 2 1/2″, L will be 3 1/4″, and XL will be 4″ square. You can vary the height of the boxes using the chart printed on the board. To make a box, it’s basically punch, score three times, turn, and repeat. I have a video and a chart with a few additional sizes beyond what comes with it.

Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Bag Punch Board

The Gift Bag Punch Board makes bags in three widths, S = 2 1/4″, M = 3″, and the L = 3 5/8″. Front to back is 2″ for all three sizes. The height of the bag can be any where from 2 3/4″ to 10 3/4″. Somehow I found this punch board hard to figure out at first. I finally got it! Here’s a video

and I made a little cheat sheet with the Gift Bag Punch Board Directions.

 

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I love the color combination! I admit though that I struggled when designing this one. I thought I knew what I wanted. I wanted to do a border with the pumpkins. I wanted to use Banner Blessings. I grabbed my Taggers to find the shape and sized layer I wanted. I wanted I wanted gold and sparkles. I wanted this color combination.

I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base and it just wasn’t right. Maybe some texture would help, so I used the Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder and it was a lot better. I removed the gold and it still wasn’t right. I tried switching the card base to Elegant Eggplant, and it just made all the difference for this card!

And I did use the pumpkins for a border. It’s hidden inside.

Banner Blessings was available and on sale for half price when I recorded the video. It’s only while supplies last. It’s one of those Secret Stamp Sets. If it’s gone, don’t despair. Use one of the greetings in Basket of Wishes, the thanks from Jar of Love (#141587), Thankful Thoughts (Wood #141519  or Clear #141522) or another set you may already own.

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Don’t miss out on the Designer Series Paper Sale. It’s ending soon!

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